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What Do I Do After a Car Accident?

The truth of the matter is that most of us will know someone who has been involved in a car accident or be involved in one ourselves at some point in our lives. Every day, thousands of people are injured on U.S. roads. Being injured in a car accident can be a jarring experience, to say the least. You are likely to feel overwhelmed and disoriented afterward. What happens after an accident and what you do after an accident, however, can be critical to recovering your health. It can also be critical to preserving any claim for compensation you may later wish to seek. Here, we will go over some key things to remember after you’ve been in an accident

What Do I Do After a Car Accident?

After you have been in a car accident, take a moment. Take the time you need to get your bearings. Take stock of how you feel and if you have sustained any major injuries. Take a breath. Staying calm will be critical in moving forward after what can be a very traumatic experience.

Once you have taken a moment to process things, at least in part, call 911. The police will be dispatched to the accident scene as will an ambulance or another emergency medical vehicle should anyone be injured. As a result of the police arriving at the accident scene, an official accident report will be generated. The accident report can act as a key piece of evidence to support a personal injury claim later on. It should detail where, when, and how the accident occurred as well as who was involved in the accident. Once available, you should obtain a copy of this accident report to verify that all of the details are correct.

Depending on your injuries and ability, taking pictures at the accident scene can be a good idea. A picture is worth a thousand words, after all. Pictures of the damage sustained in an accident can be compelling in a personal injury claim as well as instructive as to how the accident actually occurred. If you are not able to take pictures at the scene, try to see if someone else can and will take them for you. It is also a good idea to get the names and contact information from any witnesses to the accident. Witnesses can also play an important role in supporting the narrative as to how the accident occurred.

You will also need to call your insurance carrier to notify them of the accident. This should be a priority to help ensure that you get access to your benefits. Your main priority, however, should be seeking immediate medical evaluation and treatment. Get checked out by a doctor even if you may want to try and maintain a stiff upper lip and push through whatever discomfort you may be feeling. This is not the time to try and be tough and power through what could possibly be serious and lasting injuries. Get immediate medical help. Get follow-up care as recommended by your doctor. This will be critical in recovering from your injuries as well as preserving the value of your personal injury claim.

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After an accident, get in touch with the dedicated Philadelphia personal injury team at Cooper, Schall & Levy. We are here to answer all of your accident questions and will fight for you and your right to recover full and fair compensation. Contact us today.

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What to Do If the Insurance Company Requests a Recorded Statement

So, you have been in a car accident. You have filed a claim with your insurance company and with the insurance company for the at-fault party. Almost immediately, you may find yourself being contacted by both insurance companies. They will call requesting details of the crash. They will call requesting details of your injury. They may call requesting a recorded statement with you. What should you do with these requests?

What to Do If the Insurance Company Requests a Recorded Statement

Insurance companies are not in the business of paying out on claims that they do not have to for injuries they do not have to. They will thoroughly investigate the details of an accident and resulting injuries to find ways to justify not having to payout. Insurance companies are, after all, businesses looking to protect their bottom line. On their fact-finding missions, insurance companies are likely going to want a statement from you about the accident and your injuries in order to assist them in determining liability. As such, they may very well ask you to give a recorded statement.

A request by an insurance company for a recorded statement or for information in general about the accident should be met with extreme trepidation. As previously stated, an insurance company will use anything you say to try and undermine or deny your claim. You may also find that insurance companies, particularly those who insure the at-fault party, may be particularly aggressive in their requests for a recorded statement.

If the request for a recorded statement is made by your own insurance carrier, you may be contractually obligated to comply with the request. Failure to comply may violate your contract terms and result in your insurance carrier refusing to continue paying out benefits. If the request is made by someone else’s insurance carrier, such as that of the at-fault driver, there is really no good reason to comply with the request. They will have received a copy of the accident report to get the basics of the crash, your attorney may even send them some of your initial medical evaluations so that they understand the severity of the injuries you suffered. Beyond that, a recorded statement to the insurance company for the at-fault party is most likely a set-up for the insurance company to find ways to undermine your claim in whole or in part.

In a recorded statement, usually conducted by an insurance adjuster, you will be asked for your basic identifying details such as your name and address as well as your birth date. Then, you will likely be asked to detail the accident and how it happened. They are also likely to ask about your injuries and how you felt after the accident. If you are in a recorded statement, keep your answers clear, concise, and free of speculation. Adding extraneous information can be dangerous. Do not speculate. If you do not know the answer to a question, say you do not know. If you do not understand a question, ask for clarification. Never guess. Never admit fault.

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Aging and Driving Safety

Aging and Driving Safety

Let’s face it, as we age, there are certain changes that many of us will go through. Our physical abilities may change and it is important to recognize this. Getting older will often mean that we have to be aware of the changes we are experiencing so that we can help keep ourselves and others safe. For instance, our driving abilities are likely to change as we get older. Recognizing this and taking precautionary steps accordingly can save lives!

Aging and Driving Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that there is an increase in the number of people aged 70 out there on the roads. This is likely a combination of the fact that older people make up a larger part of the population than they used to and people are keeping their licenses longer. With the chance of physical and cognitive abilities declining with age, it can be a safety issue for seniors to continue to drive. 

Consider the fact, for instance, that such functional impairments can exacerbate already stressful roadway conditions. Many driving situations require quick mental and physical responses such as changing lanes, merging, and making left turns without interfering with the flow of traffic. IIHS reports that physical and mental impairments among older drivers are associated with increased crash risk.

In addition to a decline in cognitive and physical abilities, older drivers are also more likely to be taking medications. Although medications do not always interfere with driving abilities, many medications do. It is important to always check medication instructions and warnings because of this.

This is all not to say that older people should not be driving, but it is supposed to make you and your loved ones aware that driving abilities change over the course of our lives. Making changes to your driving habits accordingly can keep everyone safer out on the roads. For instance, restricting the number of miles an older person drives can help. Also, many older people choose not to drive at night, which can also be much safer.

It may also bring you peace of mind to know that vehicle safety features have been found to be effective at reducing the chance of serious injury to older drivers. The IIHS reports, in fact, that side airbags with head and torso protection have reduced fatalities among front-seat occupants aged 70 and older by approximately 45%! Furthermore, modern seat belts that feature load limiters and pre-tensioners have been found equally effective for adults at any age, as have frontal airbags. It may also be important to note that some older cars with older-style seatbelts can have seatbelts updated. Just contact the vehicle manufacturer to check on this option.

Other modern vehicle safety features have also proved effective at preventing injuries across the population and varying ages. Such features include:

  • Blindspot detection
  • Front crash prevention systems
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview cameras

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If you have a loved one who is getting older and experiencing some difficulty associated with driving, it can be difficult to talk with them about this. Driving, of course, represents freedom to many seniors and the prospect of restricting it can be anxiety-inducing. Nonetheless, it is important to have such talks. We want everyone to be as safe as possible out there! If you have been injured in an accident, do not hesitate to reach out to the personal injury team at Cooper, Schall & Levy. Contact us today.

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Motor Vehicle Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injuries

While there is a range of severity, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are common and serious injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. TBIs can jeopardize your health and well-being in addition to having a dramatic impact on your quality of life. If you have sustained head trauma in a motor vehicle accident, you should be aware of the possibility that you sustained a TBI and what this can mean for your personal injury claim.

Motor Vehicle Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injuries

In a motor vehicle accident, a driver or passenger is often pushed forward or sideways by the force of impact. This, in turn, can cause a person to hit their head on part of the car, such as the dashboard or window. Head trauma can lead to a TBI. While TBIs are not visible, they can be very serious. This can be especially troubling considering TBIs can go undiagnosed without proper monitoring.

You see, TBI symptoms do not always present immediately following an accident. In fact, symptoms can take days or even weeks to present. By then, the accident victim may not draw the connection between the symptoms and the crash. As a result, the injury victim may not get the medical care needed to address the TBI. Additionally, the TBI may be omitted from any personal injury claim the accident victim pursues.

Sustaining a TBI can have drastic consequences on a person’s life and omitting a TBI from a personal injury claim means that not only will the accident victim not be properly compensated for harm suffered as a result of the TBI, but the accident victim will be responsible for paying any costs associated with the TBI. This is a big reason why, following an accident, a person should be careful to monitor potential TBI symptoms and always notify their doctor should any TBI symptoms present, whether it be immediately following the accident or even weeks later.

To help you monitor potential TBI symptoms, here are some such symptoms you should be on the lookout for:

  • Clear fluid draining from ears or nose
  • Coordination difficulty
  • Depression
  • Dilated pupils
  • Difficulty walking
  • Excessive sleep
  • Irritability
  • Light sensitivity
  • Memory loss
  • Mood changes
  • Nausea
  • Personality changes
  • Seizures
  • Sound sensitivity
  • Trouble forming sentences or thoughts
  • Violent outbursts
  • Vomiting

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to report them sooner rather than later. You may be unsure as to what these symptoms may mean, but it is always best in these situations to be better safe than sorry. Talk to your doctor about any physical or behavioral changes you may be experiencing after suffering head trauma in an accident. Your doctor can document these things and also order neurological examinations and brain imaging scans to reveal any potential surface damage to the brain.

Talking to your doctor about your TBI symptoms will help ensure that your injury is properly documented in medical records to support your personal injury claim. It may also be a good idea to keep a journal documenting any symptoms you may be experiencing as well as any impacts your TBI may be having on your life. This can all go to substantiating your personal injury damages claim as well as helping your doctor properly diagnose you.

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Have you sustained head trauma in a motor vehicle accident? Do not delay in seeking immediate medical care as well as consistent follow-up care. Take care of yourself and let the team at Cooper, Schall & Levy take care of pursuing your right to full and fair compensation for your injuries. Contact us today.

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The Dangers of Speeding

We’ve all either been the driver or been near the driver that is going too fast down a road or interstate. Whether impatient, running late, or some other reason, speeding drivers are commonplace. While we all may have gotten used to speeding or being around speeding vehicles, it remains a dangerous driving behavior. There are thousands of people dying each year due to speeding vehicles and these are all preventable tragedies.

The Dangers of Speeding

Speeding is illegal in every state. Going above the posted speed limit can land you in legal trouble, to be sure. There can also be serious, even fatal consequences of speeding. Speeding is particularly dangerous because it not only impairs a driver’s ability to control a vehicle and increases the time needed to effectively react to other things on the road, such as cars in front slowing down or stopping, but it also means that the force of impact should the speeding vehicle collide with something will be more severe and, therefore, more likely to cause serious injury or death.

There are many factors that have been considered to the persists and pervasiveness of speeding despite these apparent dangers. Traffic congestion, for instance, can quickly bring out the worst and most impatient sides of people causing them to overcompensate by slamming down on the gas pedal whenever possible. Running late for an appointment or meeting is also a commonly cited reason for speeding. The bottom line is that far too many of us are in a rush and will engage in dangerous driving behaviors, such as speeding, to get where we are going as fast as possible.

There are, however, a number of things we can do to help counteract our own inclination to speed as well as to guard ourselves against other drivers who are speeding. Should you find yourself often rushing when behind the wheel, make sure you give yourself extra time to get where you are going. Allow for enough time to travel to your appointments safely. If you are running late or might run late, reach out to the person you are meeting to inform them of this.

If you are on the road and encounter a speeding driver, as many of us are likely to do, give them as much space as possible. Remember that speeding can contribute to a driver losing control of their vehicle. Speeding also means that a driver will need more time to react to other cars reducing speeds or coming to a stop. You should also be sure to allow speeding drivers to pass you freely and safely. If you are in the left lane and there is a car going faster than you and wants to pass, move over as soon as you can do so safely and let them pass.

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Speeding can have tragic consequences. If you have been injured by a speeding driver, the team at Cooper, Schall & Levy is here to not only hold that driver accountable for the damage done, but will also fight for your legal right to be monetarily compensated for your injuries. Contact us today.

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Drowsy Driving is Dangerous Driving

Thousands of people each year are killed or seriously injured due to drowsy drivers. Unfortunately, the unyielding demands of society have played a key role in accepting this dangerous driving behavior. In a world that does not allow for much pause, we are busier than ever. Being tired and making the long commute to work or school or various activities seems to not only be acceptable but seems to be the norm. As a result, we risk and lose thousands of lives each year at the hands of drowsy drivers. Clearly, something needs to be done, but what?

Drowsy Driving is Dangerous Driving

People are not getting the sleep they need. Whether it is the demands of work, kids, or just life in general, we are sacrificing our sleep as a result. Unfortunately, lack of proper sleep can have serious and lasting health consequences. Furthermore, it risks lives when a person engages in drowsy driving. What will really be most effective at combatting the drowsy driving problem that plagues the U.S. is for us to rethink our attitudes about drowsy driving. We need to not consider it as a necessary evil, but as a problem that needs to be addressed.

To avoid driving while drowsy, make sleep a priority. Your body will thank you. Other drivers will thank you. Experts recommend getting seven to eight hours of sleep per night. So, turn off your show a bit earlier, save your reading for another day, and get to bed in time to get the full amount of sleep your body needs and craves. If you have teens in your household, persist in making sure they are getting enough sleep as well. Did you know that the biology of teenagers demands more sleep? It’s true. Teenagers need more sleep and this places them at an increased risk of drowsy driving. Talk to your teens about avoiding driving unless they are well-rested.

Also, be aware of how other things you put into your body can exacerbate your drowsiness. Alcohol, for instance, can interact with sleepiness to increase drowsiness and impairment of your ability to safely operate a vehicle. Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can also cause drowsiness. Be sure to check the medication’s label to see if this is a potential side effect. If so, avoid driving after you take the medication. It can also be important to be aware of the body’s circadian rhythm. Did you know that there is a natural dip in the body’s circadian rhythm, the internal clock tasked with sleep regulation, between midnight and 6 a.m. as well as in the late afternoon? If you can avoid driving at these times, you may also be able to decrease your chances of drowsy driving.

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The safety and well-being of ourselves and others needs to be a priority. We are all in this together. If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be fully and fairly compensated. The dedicated personal injury team at Cooper, Schall & Levy is here to see to that. Contact us today.

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Seat Belts—Why They are Necessary

The development of the modern seat belt, complete with lap and chest restraint, has been one of the biggest safety developments of modern times. Buckling up when you get in a vehicle is one of the best things you can do to keep yourself safe. Did you know that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved approximately 14,955 lives in 2017 alone? So, take the time to buckle up if you are a driver or passenger in a vehicle. It just might end up saving your life. 

Seat Belts—Why They are Necessary

Most Americans have been trained in practicing the good habit of seat belt use. In fact, the NHTSA reports that, in 2020, the national seat belt use rate sat at 90.3%. We are seeing more and more how critical seat belt use is to remain safe in a vehicle. Without seat belt use, vehicle drivers and passengers put themselves at needless risk of awful consequences such as being ejected from a vehicle upon impact with another car or object, a more likely than a non-fatal event. Wearing your seat belt can help keep you safe and secure inside a vehicle in the event of a crash.

In order to help ensure you are maximizing the effectiveness of a seat belt as a safety feature, proper fit and placement of a seat belt is key. The lap belt portion should be secured across the pelvis, running along your hips as opposed to your stomach. The shoulder belt portion should run across your rib cage, across the middle of your chest, away from your neck. Do not loop your arm through so that the shoulder belt portion of your seat belt rests behind your back or under your arm. This not only makes the seatbelt ineffective, but can pose its own unique dangers as well.

The fit of your seat belt also matters and, considering how important of a safety feature a properly fitting seat belt is, you should be sure to investigate seat belt fit whenever looking to buy a new vehicle. Talk to the auto dealer about seat belt fit and the options for seat belt adjustment. Should you need a roomier belt, ask if seat belt extenders are available from the manufacturer. Should you be in the market for an older or classic car model, you may find it only comes with a lap belt. Look into the option of having the vehicle retrofitted with the much safer seat belts that feature both a lap and shoulder restraint.

It really is amazing what safety features vehicles are equipped with these days. The airbag, for instance, has developed over time to be a great line of defense in the event of an auto collision. It is still important, however, to use your seat belt. In fact, did you know that airbags are specifically designed to work in tandem with seat belts? Airbags without seat belt use can not only be ineffective as a safety feature, but can also prove to be dangerous. The force of impact of an airbag can cause serious, and even fatal, injury to someone who is not using their seat belt.

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Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

It is illegal in every state to operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs. This does not just mean it is illegal to operate a vehicle while impaired by illegal drugs, but it also includes those for which you have a valid prescription or even those sold over the counter. If you are impaired by a substance, you are putting yourself and everyone else on the road at risk. That is why it is illegal. It is time to have a frank discussion about driving under the influence of drugs, the danger it poses, and the misconceptions that seem to follow this topic.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Because drugs can have a variety of side effects, each drug can pose different dangers should a person under the influence of the substance choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. For instance, some prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause extreme dizziness or drowsiness in a person. Reviewing warning labels on the packages of these medications will even state that operating heavy machinery, including driving, should be avoided after use. Cocaine and methamphetamines have been found to make drivers more aggressive and reckless in their actions and maneuvers.

One of the biggest dangers comes from the lack of awareness a person can have regarding the impact a drug is having on them. It is a dangerous truth that impaired drivers are unable to accurately assess their level of impairment. To help keep everyone safe, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends living by the standard that if you feel different, you drive differently and should, therefore, avoid driving until you return to a more normal state of feeling.

We want to emphasize the point that even the use of legal drugs can still be illegal if it impairs your ability to drive safely and can still put yourself and others at risk should you choose to drive while under the influence. That means, despite marijuana being legalized in more and more states, driving while impaired by marijuana use is still illegal and still a risky driving behavior. Despite the seemingly persistent rumors that marijuana can make a person a better driver, several scientific studies reveal that this could not be further from the truth. Marijuana can impair motor skills and lane tracking as well as other cognitive functions.

The NHTSA reports that, between October and December of 2020, 56% of drivers who were involved in serious injury or fatal crashes tested positive for at least one drug. Help save lives and make the choice to avoid driving after drug use of any kind. Should use of a vehicle after drug use be unavoidable, find someone else to drive. Intervene when others attempt to operate a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol and always remember to wear a seatbelt.

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Dangerous Driving Behaviors of Teens

If you have a teen in your life, you know that, as they are on the cusp of full-blown adulthood, their actions can run a wide range from devastatingly immature to wise beyond their years. The fluctuation in choices that teens are notorious for can make even the most laid-back parent or loved one fear for their teen’s well-being on the road. It is true that there are a number of dangerous driving behaviors associated with teens. These behaviors can lead to serious crashes, some fatal. To help us all stay safer on the roads, let’s take a look at some of the dangerous driving behaviors of teens and what can be done about them.

Dangerous Driving Behaviors of Teens

It may be no surprise to anyone, but one of the most dangerous and most common driving behaviors of teens is texting while driving. Texting takes a person’s attention and vision off of the road which can be an extremely dangerous combination. Despite texting while driving being a violation of the law in many states, the dangerous driving behavior persists, especially among the teen demographic. Teen drivers, put down your phone when you are driving. This could help you and everyone riding with you in your vehicle arrive safely at your destination.

It is a sad truth that teen passengers who feel unsafe in a vehicle with a driver who is not alert, such as one texting while driving, may not speak up about feeling unsafe. In fact, a significant portion of teens even feels unsafe riding with a parent behind the wheel. Teens, use your voice. If you are unsafe, let the driver know what they are doing to cause your unease. If you know one of your friends is not a trustworthy driver, do not get in the vehicle. It is not worth the tragic consequences that could occur.

To make matters worse, teen drivers frequently skip the use of seat belts. The importance of seatbelts really cannot be understated. Seatbelts are simply devices that cause minimal inconvenience at worst and will save a life at best. Teens, take a moment to properly fasten your seatbelt and make sure all of your passengers have done the same before heading out on the road.

Teens are also prone to packing in the passengers. Unfortunately, more passengers mean more distractions for the teen driver. There are more people to talk to and more people to look at. There are more excuses for taking eyes and focusing off of the road. All of this will increase the likelihood of a crash occurring. So, keep the passengers at a minimum. When you have passengers, speak up if they are being too distracting.

Speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving at night are also dangerous driving behaviors commonly engaged in by teens and are also leading causes of accidents for teen drivers. Follow posted speed limits. Never drink and drive. If you can avoid driving at night, do so. At the end of the day, it is just not worth the risk.

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At Cooper, Schall & Levy, our attorneys have handled tragic cases with teen drivers involved. We want you and your loved ones of any age to stay safe out there on the road. Should anyone ever be injured in a motor vehicle accident, we are here for you in your time of need. Contact us today.

U Drive. U Text. U Pay. NHTSA’s Campaign Against Distracted Driving

Pennsylvania’s distracted driving law prohibits any driver from using a phone or other device to send, read, or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion. It is a primary offense which means that law enforcement can pull someone over if there is a reasonable suspicion that the driver has been texting while driving. Other states list texting and driving as a secondary offense meaning they can only be ticketed for the offense if pulled over for a different traffic violation. There is a $50 fine, plus court costs and other fees, imposed in Pennsylvania for those convicted of distracted driving.

Despite 48 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands all passing legislation that makes it illegal to text while driving, the problem persists. People are dying or suffering serious injury as a result. We seem entangled in our phones at a level that we cannot somehow unravel ourselves from their hold on us. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), however, has not given up. It has launched the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. Campaign in an effort to combat the persistent threat posed by texting while driving.

U Drive. U Text. U Pay. NHTSA’s Campaign Against Distracted Driving

According to the NHTSA, it is estimated that over 26,000 people died in crashes involving distracted drivers from 2012 to 2019. In 2019 alone, there were 4,142 fatalities in distracted driver crashes. That means that 9% of the fatal crashes in 2019 involved distracted drivers.

Distracted driving can actually mean a variety of things, although texting has come to be the most notorious form it takes. Distracted driving can be anything that takes your attention away from the road and the task of driving. Talking, eating, applying makeup, maneuvering your navigation system, or even changing your radio station can all be seen as engaging in distracted driving. Texting while driving has been singled out as a particularly dangerous form of distracted driving due to the fact that it can take a driver’s eyes away from the road for such a significant amount of time, it takes the drivers mental attention and focus away from driving, and it is a habit that so many Americans seem unable to break.

While drivers from 16 to 24 years of age seem to be more likely to be distracted by electronic devices while driving, it seems as though many more of us are at risk of falling into this dangerous driving behavior and we are putting ourselves and others in danger on the roads as a result. To help combat the dangers of distracted driving, the NHTSA recommends some different safety tips. For instance, it is recommended that if a text needs your immediate attention, either to read or to send, then you should first pull over to a safe location and park your vehicle. Alternatively, you could have a passenger act as your “designated texter” and be tasked with handling all of your texting needs while you are driving. Should none of these arrangements work for you and you find yourself unable to resist the urge to look at your phone while driving, consider keeping your phone in your trunk for the ride.

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